Job­less num­ber falls again

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

UN­EM­PLOY­MENT in Mac­cles­field has dropped again – buck­ing the na­tional trend.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS) show 483 peo­ple claimed Job­seeker’s Al­lowance (JSA) in July.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod last year un­em­ploy­ment was at 917.

This is a sig­nif­i­cant fall from the height of the re­ces­sion in 2009 when un­em­ploy­ment was at 1,700.

There is also more good news for the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers.

The num­ber of young peo­ple, which in­cludes those aged 18-24, claim­ing sup­port re­mains at 55. At the same time last year 200 young peo­ple were claim­ing JSA.

The na­tional UK un­em­ploy­ment to­tal rose for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive month.

Colin Billings­ley man­ager at Job­cen­tre Plus in Mac­cles­field, said: “We are de­lighted at the fall in un­em­ploy­ment, par­tic­u­larly in terms of younger peo­ple.

“Our team are try­ing hard to fo­cus on boost­ing those CVs with work ex­pe­ri­ence so they have that edge in a job in­ter­view.

“We have also in­tro­duced work coaches, so ev­ery­one who comes through our door has a sin­gle point of con­tact.”

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